Things Festinger Taught Me
Festinger and his Social Comparison theories.
1.People want to always evaluate their abilities and opinions.
2.In case when there are no standards to compare things like attractiveness, smartness or thing like empathy and stuff people will compare them with other people, because we always want to evaluate things.
i.If I can't compare attractiveness (Physical) or empathy(Social) then my opinions will be unstable or in other words dependent on my performance.
ii.When I can compare things objectively I will not use the social comparisons.
3.I will not compare myself with someone who isn't like me, or has the same age or gender or same educational background.
-I will compare myself someone who us close to my own ability or opinion.
-People can't make a subjective evaluation of their abilities if they aren't in the same domain.
Outcomes 1.Evaluations of opinions or abilities are stable when comparison is made to people are close to one's abilities or opinions.
2.I will compare different things, based on whats available, else I will change the abilities or opinions being compared.
3.I don't like situations where others are very divergent from me, and vice versa.
4.If there are different opinions or abilities inside a group thus will lead to change in believes so that we can compare each other on the same abilities.
4.I think what this means is that, people want to get better in their abilities but not necessarily in their opinions, so they won't go upward or something, be right back just checking it out; yea it was right.
5.We can change our opinions whenever we feel like, but to improve our ability there are a lot of things needed to be taken care of, and we might not be physically able to do them as well.
1.If there are differences in the opinions or abilities form the majority, I will change my opinions so as to get close to the others in the group.
2.If there are differences in the opinions or abilities from the majority, I will want to change their opinions or abilities to get closer to mine.
3.If there are differences between opinions or abilities, I might want to stop comparing with people in the group who are very different from me.
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6.When we stop comparing ourselves to others, it is accompanied by hostility or derogation to the extent that if we compare with them more shit is gonna go bad.
a.Yeah the hostility and derogation will come mostly in cases of opinions and not when comparing ability
7.If there is something particular that increases the comparison with that groups opinion or ability will increase the pressure toward uniformity (as in the he is better than me or he is worse than me shit) concerning that ability or opinion within that group.
-The more I like the group, the more pressure will I have to change my position, change abilities of others and greater restrictions that appreciable comparisons in made. I will compare myself in a positive light if I have a equal or a average score in the group I am highly attracted to; else I will compare in the negative light. On the same technique, if I am less attracted, if I get less I won't feel negative.
-The greater the relevance of the opinion or the ability to the group i.e if Swing Ann Arbor, finds swing a big deal, there will be more pressure toward uniformity concerning that opinion or ability.
8.If there are people who are not in my skill range, are different from me and I will narrow my range of comparability.
9.When are are too many opinions in the group, the person who is not in the majority will behave differently than those who are in majority. The majority will try and convert people, the lesser majority will change their competition and the least will change their opinion.